What We Do:
Pain is a complicated and often debilitating medical problem that can have a major impact on your physical and mental well-being. The Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine’s Pain Medicine Division at the Johns Hopkins Blaustein Pain Treatment Center offers patients a comprehensive range of services for patients suffering from acute and chronic pain in a supportive and compassionate environment. The multispecialty coordination between the Pain Medicine Division and experts in neurology, oncology, psychiatry and physical medicine and rehabilitation helps patients return to independence and comfort and experience a restoration in their quality of life.
Life-Changing Pain Management Techniques Reduce Patient Reliance on Medication
Traditional pain management strategies often rely on identifying the appropriate medication regimen to suit patient needs. Often times, medication may not be enough to adequately manage pain and in some instances is not the preferred method of pain management for the patient. The Pain Medicine Division in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine utilizes a number of techniques targeting nerves in the area causing pain as an alternative or in addition to medication.
Beverly Dodds of Toronto, CA came to the Blaustein Pain Treatment Center for her chronic headaches due to refractory occipital neuralgia. Beverly was referred to our Pain Management specialists after having multiple surgeries at Johns Hopkins and being unable to control her pain with medication. On one of her trips from Toronto, the Blaustein center was able to evaluate Beverly’s condition in clinic and perform treatment that very same day. Dr. Schechter, one of the Pain Treatment Center’s specialists, identified that Beverly was a candidate for pulse radiofrequency therapy, a procedure that targets nerves with electrical energy to reduce pain, and eventually one of Dr. Schechter’s colleagues, Dr. Erdek, inserted an occipital nerve stimulator to permanently interrupt the pain sensation. Part of the occipital nerve stimulator process requires patients to test different settings using an external battery to find optimal pain relief. During this trial period, the Pain Treatment team stayed in constant communication with Beverly. “The communication between patients and doctors is unheard of!” Beverly recalls countless emails, phone calls, and in-person conversations as her medical team worked tirelessly to address her pain needs. Today, Beverly is pain-free without the need for any pain medication. She says that she is experiencing a “new life” with lots of energy and is extremely grateful for the Blaustein Center for their personalized and patient-centric approach.